By Sola Ogundipe
Appointment of Chief Medical Directors (CMDs), Medical Directors (MDs) and Chairmen Medical Advisory Committee (CMACs) at Federal health institutions will henceforth be based on performance in previous engagements.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu gave the directive weekend when he received a delegation of the Committee of Chairmen of Boards of Teaching Hospitals in his office in Abuja.
Chukwu, who was re-appointed as the helmsman at the Federal Ministry of Health and presided over the Top Management Committee meeting last week, said the current chairmen of Federal Government Tertiary Hospitals are those who have excelled in medical field and have gathered professional experience and therefore challenged them to develop performance based criteria that would be used in assessing the top management staff of tertiary hospitals.
He recalled that since the appointments of Chief Medical Directors and Chairmen Medical Advisory Committee rest on the Board, they should endeavour to be transparent and thorough in engagement of CMDs, MDs and C-MACs with the aim of engaging the best of what the country has at any given time.
He noted that performance of tertiary hospitals is a key to earning public confidence in the health sector. “Although tertiary hospitals may not serve 100 per cent of the population but they serve as barometer where people judge the sector.”
Leader of the delegation Emeritus Prof. E.O Akande who is Chairman of the Committee saidthe current Chairmen who had served for two years, three months out of four years tenure and have observed the need for review of certain aspect of health system administration in the country.
He said that they are ready to avail the government their experiences in this regard if they are part of the process of handling issues that border on healthcare delivery, and Health System Administration.
He expressed readiness of all the Chairmen of all Tertiary Hospitals to meet with the Hon. Minister and discuss some issues such as Perennial Union strikes, clear guidelines on the implementation of salaries and allowances, including the National Health Bill, budgetary allocation to various institutions in the health sector, review of Act 10 of 1985 especially on the appointment of CMDs and C-MACs, Tertiary Hospital Services Commission, dissolution of Hospitals Boards vis-à-vis reconstitution of the Board and relationship between the Ministry, Chairmen of Boards and the CMDs.
Earlier, Chukwu charged staff of the Ministry to key into the transformation Agenda of the President by participating fully in the Action-Push Agenda of the Ministry for the total transformation of the health Sector.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,. Mr. Linus Awute, expressed assurances ofthe Ministry’s staff towards realisation of the Transformation Agenda.